Knitty�: little purls of wisdom
Schaefer Yarn Company
spacer model + photos: Amy M. Swenson


With the exception of the four years I spent in San Francisco, I've lived my entire life in climates with long winters and distinct - but all-too-distant springs. Growing up near Chicago, those first few days
of leaving the house with only a light jacket were cause for celebration.

In Canada too, it seems that the closer we get to actual spring-like weather, the more in denial we can be about weather-appropriate clothing. That first day of temperatures above freezing makes me want to break out my pastels, my sandals, and
clothing that hasn't seen daylight for six months.

When the weather refuses to cooperate with your Springish dreams, make sure you keep your head a little warmer - and more seasonally appropriate - with this hopeful beret.


Adult S-M[M-L]  (Shown in size M-L)


Brim Circumference: 17[19] inches after blocking

spacer Schaefer Yarns Nichole [80% Extrafine Merino Wool, 20% Nylon; 405yd/370m per 140g skein]; color: Willa Cather; 1 skein
Recommended needle size:
spacer 1 16-inch US #3/3.25mm circular needle
spacer 1 set US #3/3.25mm double-point needles
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]

spacer Stitch marker
spacer Yarn needle


24 sts/40 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st

[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here.]

This beret is knit in a spiral, with each round shifted one st to the left. For this reason, it is necessary to shift the st marker at the end of every round. When shaping the crown, each round begins with a yarn over followed by a decrease, and ends by knitting into the first yarnover of the round below. It may sound complicated, but it’s easier than you might think and insanely logical.

skp: Sl 1 knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitch over.

sl2 kpo: Sl next 2 sts knitwise, one at a time, to right needle. Knit next st; pass slipped sts, together, over st just knit. Forms a left-leaning double decrease.


Using circular needle, CO 104[112] sts. Place marker and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.

K 6 rounds.

Next Round: [P2, k2] to end of round.
Repeat this round 9 times more.

Increase Round: [K2, yo] to last 2 sts, k2. 155[167] sts.
K 1 round.

Begin Spiral Pattern:
The number of sts on the needle is 1 st less than the number needed to complete the last pattern repeat. This is done intentionally, in order to form the spiral pattern. Therefore, to work the last st of the last pattern repeat in each round, remove the marker, k1, and replace the marker. The beginning of the round has just shifted 1 st to the left. Alternately, you may wish to remove the marker, and not worry about the location of the end of the round! It will be helpful to replace the marker before beginning the crown shaping.

Pattern Round: [Yo, skp, k10] to end of round, moving marker as directed.
Repeat this round 32 times more. Each diagonal column of the spiral pattern will have 33 yarn overs.

Shape Crown:
As you shape the crown, continue to shift the marker 1 st to the left at the end of each round. Switch to double-point needles when necessary.

Round 1: [Yo, sl2 kpo, k9] to end of round. 142[153] sts.

Round 2: [Yo, skp, k9] to end of round.

Round 3: [Yo, sl2 kpo, k8] to end of round. 129[139] sts.

Round 4: [Yo, skp, k8] to end of round.

Round 5: [Yo, sl2 kpo, k7] to end of round. 116[125] sts.

Round 6: [Yo, skp, k7] to end of round.

Round 7: [Yo, sl2 kpo, k6] to end of round. 103[111] sts.

Round 8: [Yo, skp, k6] to end of round.

Round 9: [Yo, sl2 kpo, k5] to end of round. 90[97] sts.

Round 10: [Yo, skp, k5] to end of round.

Round 11: [Yo, sl2 kpo, k4] to end of round. 77[83] sts.
Round 12: [Yo, sl2 kpo, k3] to end of round. 64[69] sts.
Round 13: [Yo, skp, k3] to end of round.
Round 14: [Yo, sl2 kpo, k2] to end of round. 51[55] sts.
Round 15: [Yo, sl2 kpo, k1] to end of round. 38[41] sts.
Round 16: [Yo, skp, k1] to end of round. Do not replace marker.
Round 17: [Yo, sl2 kpo] to end of round. 25[27] sts.
Round 18: [Skp] 12[13] times, k1.
Break yarn, draw through remaining 13[14] sts and pull tight.


Weave in all ends. Soak beret in lukewarm water until saturated, then roll gently in a towel to remove excess water. Lay flat and allow to dry completely. 


When not knitting, spinning or crocheting, Amy M. Swenson spends a lot of her time strategizing new media projects for the government of Ontario. (Trust her, it's a lot more exciting than it sounds.) Along with her wife, Sandra, she is owned by two chocolate labs and too many cats. Over the past several years, she has authored three books, Not Your Mama's Crochet, Not Your Mama's Felting and Sensual Crochet, and published too many patterns to count, including her own line of designs available on Ravelry. Amy M. Swenson is proud to have published patterns with Knitty since 2003.

More information about her designs can be found at